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    I talk with a lot of people about mobile technology (a LOT of people), and I read a lot of comments. A common thread that comes up when people learn that I'm Joe the Android Guy™ is the sentiment that "Android is laggy". So let's set the story straight: Android isn't laggy -- but your cheap phone or tablet may be. The problem isn't with the operating system. Android itself is plenty snappy, but Android does things a bit differently than other mobile operating systems. Android runs tasks all the time, no much unlike most modern desktop computers. The more tasks you're running, the slower ...

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    One of these devices is a unibody aluminum flagship launched almost a year ago, a hardware showboat built to bring unique audio and optical features to the Android world. The other is a minimalistic slab of "hardcore plastic" with the specs of a superphone but the price of a budget model, its entire purpose to showcase the very best of Google's handheld products and services. So why are these devices, so far apart in time and targeting, being brought together for this comparison? Because each is top-tier, in its own way - and each is also sold in the Google Play Store. Dive in, then, to ...

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    Ubuntu is a popular distribution of the Linux operating system, primarily for desktop and laptop computers. It is named after the South African philosophy of ubuntu, which literally means "human-ness", though it is often translated as "humanity towards others". Ubuntu, the philosophy, is very deep-rooted, and a concept that is beyond the grasp of much of society today. We seem to be caught up in our busy, everyday lives, and although we live in one of the most "connected" times in history, we're connected to networks and devices -- and losing that connection to other people. Ubuntu, the ...

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    There's little denying that the Moto X is a smartphone that likes to do things differently, breaking from the rest of the pack; look no further than the elaborate customization options that will be available. Today, the phone's trend of defying expectations continues, as we get word that Google intends to carry the Moto X in the Play Store, though not as a Google Play edition. This news comes to us from Motorola advisor Guy Kawasaki, who confirms that this phone would still run the same software present on Moto X handsets as acquired through carriers. Sure, that's a break in tradition from ...

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    Yesterday we saw LG's G2 go official, with the manufacturer unveiling its Snapdragon-800-powered flagship. We got plenty of detailed info on the handset's specs at the time, but as is so common around launches like this, sometimes it takes another couple days for even more info about the phone to come to light. This morning we hear about a couple issues that are sure to be on the mind of many potential G2 customers: the handset's pricing, and the chance that we might see a Google Play edition of the phone, like Samsung and HTC have introduced for their own flagships. According to LG, the ...

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    When Samsung announced there would be a Google Play edition Galaxy S 4 after the Google I/O conference in May, many existing owners of Galaxy S 4s  were upset, and rightly so. They purchased what they thought they had been waiting for: one of the best smartphones ever created. It still is, don't get me wrong, but when it was revealed that there would be a "pure Android" version available soon, many were disappointed. I'd be frustrated, too. I've long been an advocate of stock Android. Fortunately, members of the development community have come to the rescue yet again!  Press play to ...

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